What kind of town honors the boll weevil, the cause of its near demise back in the early 1900’s? Steady towns such as Enterprise, Alabama, who used that crisis to overcome and succeed. A city with this kind of DNA is the place where Utility likes to put down its roots, which they did in 1981 when they opened their flatbed manufacturing facility.
One person that exemplifies this kind of steady character is Randy McCollough, who began his career with Utility in October 1981, before the doors of the facility even opened. He started in maintenance and was vital in getting the new plant ready for production. His responsibilities at the facility grew over the years, and in January 17, 1992 Randy was promoted to plant manager.
Sometimes other events require a steady hand. On March 1, 2007 a devastating EF-4 tornado hit Enterprise, and eight lives, including seven high school students were lost. Randy spearheaded the Utility response, sending teams of employees into the community to help with clean up. He also coordinated and sent out teams of maintenance staff to help fellow Utility employees repair homes damaged by the tornado.
A diehard University of Alabama fan who “bleeds Crimson”, Randy plans to enjoy his retirement remodeling his house and working on his farm. He’ll also be spending a lot of time at ball fields with the grandkids. The plant enjoyed a retirement luncheon in his honor on March 2, 2016. Since announcing his retirement over a year and half ago, Randy has been overseeing the training of the new plant manager, JT Trzaskus, assuring the transition would be as steady as he was.